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The Dutch national team qualified for the knockout phase of the European Championship on Thursday and secured group win.

The team of national coach Frank de Boer was 2-0 too strong for Austria in the Johan Cruijff ArenA due to a use by Memphis Depay and a goal by Denzel Dumfries.

The Orange squad did not play a strong first half, but did take the lead in the eleventh minute through a utilized penalty from Memphis after a foul on Denzel Dumfries.

Just before half time, Memphis missed a huge chance at 2-0.

It was 2-0 in the 67th minute.

Substitute Malen escaped at a counter and the Dumfries who had followed simply tapped in.

With that, the game was decided, although Austria still had some chances.

Because of the victory, the Orange is six points after two rounds in group C, followed by Ukraine and Austria with three points.

They can still equalize with the Netherlands in points, but mutual results are the deciding factor and so De Boer's team can no longer miss a group win.

On Monday evening at 6 p.m., the Orange squad will close the group stage in the ArenA against the still scoreless North Macedonia.

It is already clear that the eighth final of the Orange squad will be played in Budapest on Sunday, June 27, and the opponent will be the number three in group D, E or F. A possible quarter-final is on July 3 in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.

Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen cheer after the 2-0.

Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen cheer after the 2-0.

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Penalty after VAR . interference

With Matthijs de Ligt in the base instead of Jurriën Timber, the Netherlands-Austria did not have such a stormy start as the duel with Ukraine.

Yet after eleven minutes it was already 1-0 for the Orange.

Austrian captain David Alaba tapped Dumfries on the foot just inside the penalty area.

The Israeli referee Orel Grinfeld saw nothing in it, but after intervention by the VAR it was still a penalty.

Memphis started and shot low into the corner (1-0).

The Orange had the desired start, but the game could have been better.

Memphis shot hard on the wrong side of the post in the side net in the 25th minute and that was the point for a long time in terms of possibilities.

Austria stayed well on its feet, but also did not get further than a shot by Christoph Baumgartner, which was blocked by De Ligt.

At the end of the first half, there was suddenly another huge opportunity for the Orange.

Weghorst put the ball wide at Memphis, while goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was out of position.

The attacker hit the ball completely wrong and it remained 1-0.

A minute later, Georginio Wijnaldum missed a good opportunity.

De Vrij almost hits the mark

After the break, the game did not immediately improve for the Orange and in the 58th minute there was even a whistle concert from the 16,000 spectators in the ArenA.

A few minutes later, the crowd bounced, because finally there was another chance for the Netherlands.

A header from De Vrij was narrowly turned by Bachmann and De Ligt's rebound went wide via an Austrian leg.

After 65 minutes, De Boer made a triple substitution, hoping to force something.

Malen came in for Weghorst and Owen Wijndal and Nathan Aké also came in.

With the speed of Malen, the Orange had more chance of a successful counter and in the 67th minute that plan succeeded.

Malen escaped and put wide on the following Dumfries, who tapped in the 2-0.

With the margin of two on the scoreboard, the game was as good as decided, also because Austria was not convincing offensively.

Alaba shot past hard again and keeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved a header from substitute Karim Onisiwo.

It remained 2-0, which means that it is already certain that the Orange squad will advance to the last sixteen as group winners.